Solar power for Serco’s Durban factory
A total of 1029 solar power panels have been installed on the roof of truck and trailer building company Serco’s Durban factory and offices allowing the premises to be off the grid during the day.
The R5m solar installation is part of Serco’s drive to reduce its impact on the environment and goes hand in hand with other company ‘’greening initiatives” including the recycling of paper and plastic it uses. It also complements the elevated environmental friendliness of the company’s award-winning Protec Steel Frostliner refrigerated vehicles which through improved thermal efficiency use less diesel to power their cooler units thus reducing carbon emissions.
Serco CEO Clinton Holcroft said the solar power switch over happened earlier this month providing full power to the premises during the day with a switch back onto the grid at night when far less electricity was required. Holcroft said apart from the environmental friendliness of the new system, solar power also made good economic sense.
“The installation of solar power panels was a fairly big investment for us but we are confident of the long terms benefits it will bring,” said Holcroft.
The solar power system was installed by The Renewable Resources Company whose Technical Director Jason Wise, said the 400kw peak system had the potential to save Serco up to 75% of its electricity costs.
About Serco (Pty) Ltd
Serco Industries specialises in the design and manufacturing of insulated and dry freight truck bodies and trailers. These trailers are relied upon by Southern Africa’s leading transporters and long-distance haulers to carry everything from ice-cream to day old chicks, from beef to bread – safely and hygienically.
Serco’s success as a market leader can be attributed to our design, innovation and the quality of our products and services. With extensive experience in our specialised field as well as our in-house design capabilities, you will have no doubt that you have selected the right partner to give you the edge in a competitive market.
Our many satisfied clients are without a doubt our best advertisement.
Serco’s Head Office is in Durban, with branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth